The New York City Council is considering a ban on vaping flavors, and a key committee will hold a public hearing next week to discuss the proposed ordinance. Vapers and other stakeholders will have an opportunity to speak at a public hearing on Jan. 30.
The text of Ordinance 3592 is not yet available, but according to CASAA, it is likely to follow one of three patterns seen in recent flavor legislation elsewhere:
· Ban the sale of all flavored vaping products, with no exceptions
· Ban flavors other than tobacco, or other than tobacco and menthol (and possibly mint)
· Restrict flavored products to adult-only retail stores
None of those options are good for vapers or the vaping industry. A major survey of adult vapers last year showed that the ex-smokers who have been most successful at avoiding cigarettes by vaping prefer fruit and dessert flavors. And a ban on sales at convenience stores and bodegas eliminates choices in the locations smokers are most likely to encounter them, which means fewer impulse purchases that may lead to long-term switching.
The Health Committee hearing will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Jan. 30 at New York City Hall (at the center of City Hall Park). It will be preceded by a rally of vapers at City Hall (see below).
It’s important for members of the City Council (especially those on the Health Committee) to hear from residents before the meeting. You can use CASAA’s call to action page to send a message to the Health Committee members. You can also call the committee members and politely register your opposition to Ordinance 3592 (and keep calling after the hearing, since the final vote may not happen for several weeks). Explain how flavored vapor products have helped you.
· Mark Levine (212) 788-7007
· Keith Powers (212) 788-7393
· Dr. Mathieu Eugene (718) 788-7352
· Alicka Ampry-Samuel (212) 788-7387
· Inez Barron (212) 788-6957
A rally to oppose the ordinance is being held on the steps of City Hall at 11:30 a.m., hosted by the American Vaping Association, the New York State Vapor Association, and SFATA. If you’d like to speak at the hearing, try to arrive early and join the rally. And even if you choose not to speak, you can attend the rally and hearing. (The AVA has created a promotional flyer for the rally that vape shops — or anyone — can hand out.)
Post time: Jan-26-2019